We don’t all the time realize it but it’s true. Life is short. Do we live that way? Do we have an urgency to reach our families and friends with the love of Jesus Christ before it is too late? I believe the answer to both of these is no. Why? We believe we have all the time in the world. We get complacent. Today I was reminded how short life really is and all that I take for granted.
Do you believe you will wake up tomorrow? Most of us would say yes. Would you say then that you already have plans laid out that you wish to accomplish? Most of us again would say yes. As humans we are creatures of scheduling and busyness.
What if I told you tomorrow morning that you would die that afternoon? How would your life change? You’d probably drop your schedule and business engagements and spend your time with loved ones or making amends. You would live life to the fullest.
14 You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes. (James 4:14)<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”>
So if what James said is true, why do we live in a a way that we have all the time in the world? And I’m not just speaking to older folks. I’m speaking to you too high schoolers and college students.
I know for me I feel like death is a far way off but is it? I feel like God will use me to share His gospel, so why would he take before I was at least 50? Today though a student at my school died. He was a junior. He was following The Lord and even in the process of getting a degree in Christian Studies.
Wait. So your telling me that God can take anyone at any moment? Regardless of who they are or what they are doing? Yeah. It’s crazy to think about but our plans are not God’s plans. Was dying in this guy’s plans today? Probably not. But God will use it in ways in which only He can.
Earlier this week I was listening to a friend dealing with life long disease. He began to talk about how others probably had plans five years down the road. He didn’t. With this disease, he never knew if this day would be his last. He lived each day fully for Christ, believing each day to be his last.
Do you believe that today or tomorrow could be your last day? Are you living your life for the temporary moth ridden earthly treasures that will soon fade away? Or are you storing up heavenly investments? One day we will all face a Heavenly perfect God who created the universe. And He will ask the question, “How did you use your brief time on earth?” He won’t look at earthly rewards or earthly riches. He will only look at how you used your vapor of a life for His glory.
Today gave me lots to think about, including how I spent my time. Even though we as a university lost a student today, I take comfort and joy in what he is experiencing in heaven at this moment, worshipping the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, face to face.
I love how the Living Bible puts this verse, even though this is not the version I use.
1 Corinthians 13:12
Living Bible (TLB)
12 In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face-to-face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.
What an amazing intimacy this guy is now experiencing with God.
Have a blessed night y’all,